Canary Wharf’s Cognicity Challenge announces 12 Smart Cities Finalist Companies

The Cognicity Challenge today announced the 12 finalists that will participate in its first two streams. 

The Cognicity Challenge is a smart cities competition that was established by the Canary Wharf Group. The challenge is comprised of six individual competitions, each of which is focused on a key area in city development. You can discover the six streams here.

The two streams that today announced their finalists were Integrated Transport and Sustainable Buildings.

Sustainable Buildings

8point3LED a cloud based, intelligent lighting control and data collation system that enables ‘plug and play’ retrofitting of LED lighting via mains-borne signalling.

Jooxter a French startup that addresses the underutilisation of spaces in large offices, dynamically reallocating spaces and improving the overall building efficiency.

Pavegen a company that develops and manufactures flooring technology that converts the kinetic energy from your footsteps into renewable electricity.

Polysolar a company seeking to prevent buildings overheating while also generating electricity through their glass technology

Quantum Waste a vertically integrated management company whose mobile, sustainable, decentralised and aerobic composting system makes waste processing technology more efficient and local.

Solar Cloth a UK innovator in the design and manufacture of lightweight and flexible solar panels, including solar power coverings for non-load bearing roofs and car parking.

Integrated Transport

Alchera Technologies an intelligent road transport system that draws on data from sensor networks to reduce congestion, improve flow, and increase safety for all users within a city, pedestrians and road users alike.

BuzzStreet a mobile app that improves transport flow by aggregating and analysing data sources across different transportation modes in real time.

KnowNow a company that creates a platform to enhance people’s urban experience by analysing the movement of people, making transport more efficient and improving home delivery logistics.

MellowCabs a South African startup that manufacturers and operates new, electric mini-cabs that provides on-demand, flexible and affordable taxi and transport services in cities.

Pie Mapping creators of a smart road routing platform for freight vehicles that considers both dynamic and local restrictions.

Voyage Control a company helping businesses manage, optimise and track their freight deliveries by streamlining logistics, helping with security and meeting environmental objectives.

Understandable, the team behind the Cognicity Challenge were very pleased with the day’s news.

Sir George Iacobescu Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “We launched the Cognicity Challenge in order to promote the development of smart cities technology and the interoperability of systems in future cities. Welcoming these chosen smart cities start-up companies to Canary Wharf is a natural continuation of the Group’s original aim to create the cityscapes of and for the future”

Eric Van der Kleij, Head of Level39 at Canary Wharf, commented: “As the developer of London’s original smart city, Canary Wharf Group is delighted to be working with these high calibre finalist companies to help further develop their products and solutions. The winning technologies will be piloted within the existing Canary Wharf estate, with the goal of embedding their solutions into the fabric of the new phase of Canary Wharf.”

Keep your eye on the Cognicity twitter feed for further updates.


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